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17 Crim. Just. Pol'y Rev. 3 (2006)

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Xlelcome to a new year of Criminal Justice Policy Review (CJPR). Although I
officially assumed the duties of editor a few issues ago, for several reasons, I
waited until the first issue of 2006 to write an editorial introduction. First, I wanted to
attain a firm understanding of the journal's publication process with SAGE and at the
same time develop my vision for CJPR in the coming years. Second, I wanted to have a
new and expanded editorial board in place by the beginning of 2006 and also comment
on those board members in my introduction. Third, marking the changes that have
occurred during the past year in the first issue of 2006 seemed like the right approach
to take.
   To begin, I want to thank and acknowledge the contributions of my predecessor,
Nanci Wilson, who devoted many years to making CJPR a well-respected and widely
distributed peer-reviewed journal. I believe one of her many accomplishments, part-
nering with SAGE to publish and distribute the journal, has been particularly instru-
mental in raising the profile and increasing the readership of CJPR. I also want to rec-
ognize two current editorial board members and colleagues of mine at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, Paul McCauley and Kathleen Hanrahan, for their past
editorial leadership. Paul's work contributed greatly to the initiation and development
of the journal in the 1980s, whereas Kate's efforts further enhanced the quality of
CJPR during the 1990s. I appreciate their past work and am very pleased they agreed
to remain on the editorial board.
   I am fortunate to inherit the editorship at a time that finds CJPR in good shape in
terms of articles being submitted, reviewed, accepted, and published, but I do hope to
build on the current level of success through various means. A notable change has
been the appointment of 40 members to the editorial board. My intention was to put
together a diverse group of outstanding academics who were willing to serve the jour-
nal in several ways, including reviewing articles, encouraging article submissions, and
generally promoting CJPR as a solid publication forum for criminal justice scholar-
ship. I am exceedingly grateful to all of the prominent scholars who readily agreed to
serve on the newly constituted editorial board. I also want to thank my new managing
editor, Philip Stinson, for quickly learning on the job and making my life easier.
   The fundamental goal of CJPR is to serve scholars and professionals committed to
the study of criminal justice policies and programs through both quantitative and qual-
itative methods. Traditionally, there have been noticeable gaps between crime poli-
cies, research findings, and criminal justice programs and practices. If studies on
crime and justice are to play an increasing role in shaping society's efforts to prevent,
reduce, and control crime, then more rigorous research must be conducted and dis-
seminated in ways that are acceptable to policy makers and practitioners. CJPR seeks

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